Saturday, December 30, 2006

new yarn

The wrapping paper is in the blue bin. The gifts are finding thier places. The new books are being enjoyed! And.. there is new yarn in the store!
Jo Sharp came and visited us last summer.
She showed us some of her new designs, and her new yarns.
The requests were sifted, and the winner is the Alpaca Kid Luster. This is a stunning 40% Kid Mohair, 30% Superfine Alpaca, 30% Merino Wool combo.
And Jo has departed from her usual deep jewel and earth tones. She is featuring a few super intense colors in the palate this time.

This is one of the sweaters that we saw in this yarn.

Come on in and feel how soft this is. Amazing.
Time to knit something for yourself.

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Knitting Math

While knitting is, of course, creative. But it is mathematical at it's root. It is binary... there are two stitches, knits and purls. Here are some serious math minds who are taking it to the next level.

Monday, December 25, 2006

Holiday in San Francisco

I was overwhelmed by the number of you all who came by this holiday to wish us all well. Thank you, thank you. We are all so pleased to be spending time with you, and sharing your projects, your success, and hearing all of your stories. Merry Christmas. Happy Chanukah.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Cotton Stria Sweater

Here is Glenda modeling her sweater. It's the cover sweater of Design Source "Cotton Collection 2". It's done in Manos Cotton Stria. It uses the technique of 'shadow knitting', switching between knits and purls in one row, creating the illusion of mulitple color changes. This is so elegant! We have a model in the store in light colors. And it looks fantastic in the dark colors. Nice choice!

Sunday, December 17, 2006

The Weekender

I have a bag problem. I mean, I could have as many tote bags and purses as I could fit in my house. And I don't mean gracefully either. I love them.
We have one bag in particular that is great - and it's big. It's called "the weekender", and it's two tone silk. Beautiful. It comes in three colors. Come by and see it.

Saturday, December 16, 2006

Little Lambs

Here are some non-yarn knitting gifts for the loved knitters on your list. And, these beauties are under $25!

Sheep soap - it's beautiful, french milled soap. The black and white come together in a beautiful gift box with a satin bow.

The wooly friends are tape measures! You pull the tail for the tape to come out, and push the stomach for the tape to retract.
This posted by the guage police. Check early and often for happy results!

Saturday, December 02, 2006

The Bunny Beanie

How cute is this girl? And the little cap? One of our favorite little people modeling one of our favorite projects. It's our Bunny Beanie. In honor of the yarn for the kits being in stock, we had this photo shoot.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Noe Knit Flicks

Love Actually
Originally uploaded by katbaro.
Thursday night, 11/30/06 is Noe Knit Flicks. We'll be showing Love Actually. Once again our silver screen will be graced with Hugh Grant & Colin Firth...collective sigh please.

The movie starts at 7:00 so come early & grab your seat or bring a pillow for the floor. Of course, bring your knitting!

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Sculpture Exhibit

The DeYoung has some work by Ruth Asawa exhibited through January 28th.
Here is how her web site describes the work: "These sculptures are made from iron, copper, brass and other types of wire. Asawa considers these sculptures three-dimensional drawings. Instead of the lines moving across the paper, the lines move through three-dimensional space. “I was interested in it because of the economy of a line, making something in space, enclosing it without blocking it out. It’s still transparent. I realized that if I was going to make these forms, which interlock and interweave, it can only be done with a line because a line can go anywhere.” If you could see these sculptures in person, you could view them at different angles and observe how they continuously change depending on your viewing angle. "

They are amazing. If you want to take a moment away this holiday season, I recommend a trip.

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Knitting in the Dark

All of us have knit under less-than-ideal conditions. Normally, if you are lucky, you have a knitting chair with your stuff gathered round you. You have a hard project in the basket calling you to concentrate, and an easier one, for the better television viewing. Most importantly, you have good light!
Recently I was on my way to have dinner with my brother and his family, and I wanted to knit in the car. (For the record, I was not driving.) They live an hour away, so I feel it is a criminal waste of time if there is no knitting done in a free HOUR. But seeing as how it is pitch black before 5 pm these days, I did not have many options. I was working on a scarf on HUGE yarn and needles. To add to the challenge, I forgot my cable needle. Determined to knit on this car ride I just simply 'made do'. I used my sunglasses as a cable needle. And I knit in the complete darkness! The situation was so funny that I pulled out my camera to record the episode. Of course, the flash went off, so you cannot actually feel the pitch black. But you can see the sunglasses, and that alone is nutty enough!

I hope you had a great holiday, and took advantage of every spare minute you found yourselves with.

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Happy Thanksgiving

There is so much to be thankful for.
I am wishing all of you a very happy holiday.

Friday, November 17, 2006

Cascade 220

Sue made this lovely sweater. It is Cascade 220 in a color called Mimosa. She modified the pattern by adding the beautiful Picot edging. (Note, the Picot bobbles are even on both sides. That is a mean feat.)
It shows what Cascade 220 can really do. It's not just for felting!

Monday, November 13, 2006

New Books!

We got six boxes of new books! Some of our favorites are back. And some beautiful new titles! Vogue Stichtionary 3
Yarn Girls Guide to Older Kids Knits
And lots more.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

A Great Wrap Sweater

Here is Rhiana's first sweater. It's a wrap, so it will continue to fit while she works on her other "project". And afterward too.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

A new Colinette blanket

Before I opened, I had to get a lot of samples knit for the store. I sent my Mom a Colinette "Absolutely Fabulous Throw Kit". She knit it up, and it was a cornerstone in our collection of beautiful things. Mom lives far away, and having her knitting around always makes me happy. One remarkable day, someone took the blanket. (I am still a little bit shocked by this !) Some people chuckled, and let me know that is "retail". Others dropped thier jaw in horror, and exclaimed that "knitters would never steal". No, of course they wouldn't. But then, that is a rediculous statement, isn't it? Do we have some sort of data to support the claim that "knitters are, by nature, "good" people" ?
As if the mere fact that you do a craft means that you subscribe to a higher moral code than the general public. Who is to say? Grad students out there: there must be a thesis in there somewhere?

While I may still be licking my wounds over this devistating loss, we had to move on. This time, instead of enlisting Mom, we took it on as a store project. (Thank you to ALL who picked it up!) This one is in the colorway "Sedona". Colinette dyes thier yarn by hand. And the colors are dramatic. They have put together some really brilliant, innovative combinations. They have recently started a 'colorway of the month' program. These are new combinations that we have never seen before. Some of the combinations they are doing are deeper and richer tones. As the name indicates, this blanket has the desert in mind. High heat. It's sand with accents of rich color. Beautiful.

Monday, October 30, 2006

Needle Felting Class

We had a needle felting class on Sunday. Kathy taught us how to make ornaments and how to embellish projects that have already been made. It was a wonderful diversion with wool, but no 'stitches'... sort of a side step from knitting.
Everyone had a supurb time. And the results were fabulous!!

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Needle Felted Ornaments & Gift Tags

This Sunday's Holiday Preperation Party is all about needle felting. It is such an easy & fun skill & no knitting experience is required. Here's a couple samples we made yesterday.
felted snowflake
Fun & Cute!
felted gingerbread man

Saturday, October 21, 2006

The End of the Noe Knit Mobile

My sweet car was stolen yesterday. From my street, if you can believe. I have to laugh. The back license plate is wired to light up in pink neon when the head lights are on. Bright pink to match the store sign. Can you imagine? I bet the fools who took it did not know they were glowing bright pink as the joy rode around greater South San Francisco!

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Baby Blanket

Here is Sheryl's show and tell: a really sweet project. It's a baby blanket, with a pocket in the center, and a little knit teddy bear to tuck in there. Pattern: Vogue Knitting On The Go: Baby Blankets, Yarn: Crystal Palace Bunny Hop.

Monday, October 16, 2006

Thursday, October 12, 2006

The big day

Kathy is responsible for the amazing windows at Noe Knit. Among her gifts to me... she continues to execute beautiful, clever, wonderful windows that are loved by all.
Kathy and Matt are getting married this weekend! I could not be happier for both of them.
I post a wedding cake in thier honor.
May the day be gorgeous, the marriage be long and wonderful.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Felted Bowls

felted bowls
Originally uploaded by katbaro.
At this week's Holiday Preparation Party we will be making felted bowls.. This simple project is knit using Cascade 220 doubled on size 11 needles. You can dress it up with colorful stripes or even add a novelty yarn. If you are already signed up please bring 16" size 11 circular needles and four size 11 double pointed needles. If you are not signed up there are still a couple spots left so call and reserve yours.

Monday, September 25, 2006

The Hot Afternoon

I love my job. I am surrounded by color. Wonderful people visit all day long. On a good day, we are shown amazing works that people have labored over. I have tried to share that on this site, to give you all a taste of the beautiful projects and thier proud owners.

It was hot today. Hot and dry. It felt like another city. This unusual weather always brings in some unusual visitors with it. Some people who are playing hookie from work. Or people who are doing other things, and are pulled out of their normal patterns because of the sunshine and thoughts of vacations....

One of our favorites came in to visit us today, triumphantly wearing her latest project. It was beautiful. She has a corporate job, so we don't usually see her until the evening. She was chatting with us, and planning her next project. With a twinkle in my eye, I asked her "to what do we owe this mid-day visit?" She looked up and without missing a beat, she said she was startging chemo. The weather, coupled with her always sunny disposition made this answer an impossible one. And yet, there it was. She moved right on, showing me the hats that were in her plans. And I was still reeling backwards from the news. I jogged to catch up with her, and looked at her thoughtful choices.

Hats off to her. Hats off to her bravery, and her ability to talk about it, and move along gracefully. You all know many in your own life for whom this is a reality as well. And hats off to them all.

That is the community of knitting. And the community that we saw today at Noe Knit.

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Rowan Magazine 40

Rowan Magazine 40
Originally uploaded by noeknit.
The latest Rowan Magazine is in.
Despite the warm weather, there is a snap in the air. And people are feeling 'fall'. We have seen a lot of our old friends lately! Com in! Show us what you've done.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Holiday Preparation Parties Project

This Sunday's project is a personalized washcloth. Imagine a couple of these packaged with some beautiful bath products, how sweet.
personalized washcloth
We'll also show you how to knit a bath puff.

Visit the classes page for more information about our Holiday Preparation Parties.

Monday, September 18, 2006

Knitting out of Africa

Here is Susan's beautiful sweater from Knitting Out of Africa. No need to ask "what did you do on your summer vacation?" We can see what Susan did! This is the definitive: 'knit on small needles' work.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Holiday Preparation Parties

cashmere projects
Originally uploaded by noeknit.
Have you heard about our new Holiday Preparation Parties? On Sunday afternoons from 1:00 - 2:30 we invite you to come in & let us inspire you with quick and easy projects that make perfect holiday gifts. Each week there will be a different project and an instructor on hand to work through the pattern with you. Its always easier to get motivated with other people working on the same item & its a fun, social afternoon. Each Sunday only cost $7.00.

This Sunday, September 17th we'll be doing small cashmere projects. What could be a more glamorous gift than a pair of cashmere wrist warmers or a lacy scarf? There are a couple different patterns you can chose from & most require only 2 balls of yarn.

Visit the classes page for more details & the calendar for upcoming projects. We will also try to spotlight each week's project here on the blog.

Monday, September 04, 2006

Sue's Labor Day show and tell

Sue came in for a visit on Labor day - showing off her latest "labors". It's a beautiful fitted sweater out of Point Five. She used a pattern from "La Luna" and Copper Beach is the colorway.
This sweater is just glorious. The color is a warm brown with splashes of blue, and then yellow and then a rich red. The trick (we agreed) to knitting with this big yarn, is to knit a fitted piece. It looks SO sharp!
Excellent Job!!

Friday, September 01, 2006


Two magnificent projects have come into the store. Both were blankets. First, the absolutely fabulous throw kit by colinette, in the meadow colorway. Stunning.

Next, the sheep baby blanket from the vogue "baby blankets" book. The sheep are done in a nubby texture, and stand up off the surface of the blanket.

Both of these are gifts, sent off in the mail already to their lucky new owners! Thanks for sharing before they left the city!

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Lorna's Laces Arrived

The beautiful Lorna's Laces arrived today.
Here is a pie of the colors of shepherd sock for your viewing pleasure!

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Anju and the diagonal scarf

Anju and the diagonal scarf
Originally uploaded by noeknit.
Kids these days! Anju came in and got yarn to do the Multi directional diagonal scarf. She had finished it in about 3 days. That is in between her volunteer work! She is a charming young lady. What a breath of fresh air. And - a very fast knitter!

Noni Bag trunk show tonight!

noni bags
The Noni Bag Trunk Show is commin' to town! The celebration of its arrival will be August 24th. 6:30 - 8:00 pm at Noe Knit. We will discuss and delight in the designs. Eight of the bags from the collection will be live in the store. If you can't come to the party Thursday night, they will all be on display through Aug 28th. Stop by and have a look at these beauties!

Friday, August 18, 2006

Movie Poll

Our next KnitFlick is August 31. Which movie should we watch?

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Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Did you see Noe Knit on TV?

chocolate tastingIf you were watching abc's The View from the Bay you did. They did a feature this afternoon on Karletta"s Chocolate Tastings. The video is available here.

Sunday, August 13, 2006

The Party!!!

The Sneak Preview Party is Monday Night!
We have been getting boxes in all week. And stickering them like crazy. In case you think this is 'light work', all of the fluffy balls of delcious yarn come in boxes that weigh an extrodianry amount. One company sent 3 boxes, each weighing 59 lbs. How much yarn is that? It's about hip heigh, and 2 feet deep. And that does not include the back orders!
Of course, they delivered our 'new' Noe Knit custom printed bags this week too! 62 boxes! Over 1000 lbs! The bags are as beautiful as our 'old' bags with handles and all. But, did they have to come this week?

We have a new needle display rack too, so whether it's bamboo, plastic, or metal, your choice should be easier to find.

I can't wait to see everyone.

Monday, August 07, 2006

6 days and counting

Only 6 days until the Sneak Peek Party. We'll be unveiling all the new fall yarns we can get our hands on. Due in is "Bunny Hop" from Crystal Palace. It's a wonderful whipped 50 % micro Acrylic, 42% micro Nylon, 8% rabbit angora. And it's not 'hairy'!
We are excited about this party. Come on by and purchase a ticket. At $5.00, it's less than a movie, and you'll get your money right on back that night, with coupons good for the night of. See you Monday night!

Monday, July 31, 2006

Bunnie's Visit

You've seen pictures of Bunnie (Mom) and Vivian Huxbro... Mom's been working on a wrap/poncho with the domino knitting technique featured.

She just visited, and delivered the finished piece. It could not really be more beautiful, for lots of reasons. (I'm a lucky girl!)

Friday, July 28, 2006

Fashion Show Pics

The Fashion Show last night was so much fun & so inspirational....
noe knit fashion show
Loved all the projects & all the ideas...& all the snacks. Thanks Susi for hosting it!
To see more of my pictures from it click here

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Knitting With Wire

I saw these wonderful projects that were done with knitted wire. I love the way they shine, and the way the stitches are defined in three dimentions. I thought I would start with a plain bowl, and move to a beaded piece.

I used 24 guage wire (exactly what the pattern called for) and size 9 needles (also, exactly what the pattern called for).

I went to cast on, long tail, as always. Well that is not going to fly on WIRE! (The book did not mention which cast on would be best. I find that SO surprising, considering most authors tell you what cast on they want you to do when it's just yarn.) So I opted for the e-wrap. Each stitch was painful, and slow.
I began with some plastic needles, and swiched to the metal needles. The less flexibility in the needle the better. My fingers were hurting before the cast on was over.

Metal needles, plastic needles, e-wrap, e-shmap... I cannot tell you how AGONIZING this was. I had dreams of mastering the project, and then offering it as a class. !!! That will not be the case. The pictures you see here represent about 1.5 hours of knitting. (Pitiful!) Frankly, I want my time back! My index fingers hurt for 2 days.

But worst of all, I will not have my knitted bowl. I am in mourning for the project. And the class, for that matter.
The meagre beginning lives in the store on the back table, if you want to come in and try a few stitches.

Saturday, July 22, 2006

Stitch & Pitch

A baseball game where knitting is SANCTIONED!!! They sold 1000 tickets to knitters and thier families! It was loads of fun. And, the Giants won!